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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Learn to See and Anticipate in Photography - Part 1

I'm back from that trip - once again to lovely Greece - and I have a lot of images and (perhaps more importantly) many new lessons to share. A couple of years ago I had told you how the biggest secret on how to make great photos is to stop whining about your camera's resolution, dynamic range, ISO noise, and get out there, experiencing and making photos.

Needless to say, this axiom proved once again the best recipe for great photos. I traveled with the Nikon D3200 and the Nikkor AF-S VR 18-105mm lens, and they were more than enough to give me all the pictures I envisioned.

Please pay attention to the word: envision

A good photographer sees a picture as s/he experiences the scene before his eyes.
A great photographer has already envisioned the picture before the scene has developed.

A great photo, but the story behind its making is more important

The first lesson I want to share with you from my trip is about learning to anticipate in photography. That is, learning to envision a scene before it happens.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review of the Nikon F5 film camera

Note: AmateurNikon and its staff (meaning just yours truly) will slow down for the summer vacation - from where I'll hopefully have a lot of interesting photos and photography stories to share. In the meanwhile, take a look at the literally hundreds of articles and reviews hosted by AmateurNikon. I should be back with new articles at the end of June or beginning of July. 


A film review, after some time. I'd tried the Nikon F5 when I was looking for a go-to film camera for my "film adventure", a couple of years ago. I'd tried several other film cameras then, and picked three to take a closer look at. The Nikon F5 was not one of them, and I ended up selling it after trying it out for a short while - I didn't even bother writing a review then. So, why suddenly now? Because I saw somewhere online someone suggesting it as the "only film camera you'll even need". I'm very suspicious of such blanket statements, not necessarily because the Nikon F5 wouldn't be such a camera (more of that in a while), but because it wouldn't necessarily be such a camera for everyone.


+ a tank, period. Super construction quality, it will take a very thorough beating
+ its matrix metering must be one of the best in the film camera world, if not actually the best.
+ Very deep customization...

Friday, May 12, 2017

How to Scan Color Negative in Photoshop

Another Photoshop tutorial for today. It's a simple but very useful procedure that shows you how to properly scan color film negative for Photoshop use. To clarify, I begin by assuming you have already scanned the negative, and you try to figure out how to proceed.

Perhaps you thought that all it would take would be to apply an "Inverse" filter. But then you realized the result didn't look like a photo positive. The reason is that color films come with a color cast that needs to be removed.

At this point, let's take a step back in my... assumption. Because the step one of the procedure is...

1. When you scan the negative, make sure you leave a bit of the area outside the frame. You can crop it out later, but it is essential in order to remove the color cast.

Make sure to leave some area outside the image frame, where the film is unexposed.